You may have noticed that some of the old timers speak about this cat David Burns in reverence. He was prolific in Broadway revues and widely respected - and now I know why. Watch him in action, tearing apart The Merv Griffin Show. First, reflections from those who know:
Jack Carter: Davey Burns, a great comedian.
Davey Burns was a
great comic from Broadway. He was like a Jewish version of WC Fields. Oh, Davey
Burns was a brilliant character. He didn't live very long, but he was funny. He
was like a... you can't describe him! He was one of a kind. Davey Burns. Who would
Michael McKean: A great, great comic actor.
Irwin Corey: Davey Burns was a poor man's W.C. Fields. He was very, very funny.
Pat Carroll: David Burns was one of the funny men of the theater. He was a naughty, naughty man. He would do dreadful things. Oh, he was very bad and a very funny man. Great to work with and marvelous to watch. He always made me laugh.
Tommy Moore: Davey Burns was indeed a wildman. A friend of mine was in Hello Dolly with him. After the show, when people would come to compliment him in his dressing room, he would say, "Excuse me for a moment, I want to freshen up with some toilet water." He’d leave the bathroom door open, lift the toilet seat, and wildly splash himself with water, come out dripping wet, and continue the conversation as though nothing happened!
Neil Simon: Davey Burns had the funniest foul mouth I ever heard. He came into rehearsal ten minutes late and apologized in a mock British accent, "I beg your pardon everyone. Please forgive me. I was in the lavatory having my cock sucked by the most charming cleaning lady." Pert Kelton would throw up her arms and say, "Oh, Davey, you are disgusting." To which he replied indignantly, "Some cleaning woman I never met is sucking my cock and you call me disgusting?”